Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome the AAUW Venice FL Branch as a nonprofit partner! The national organization of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has more than 165,000 members and supporters in more than 1,000 branches across the United States. Its mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW members belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. We have a long and proud history.

Venice Branch of the AAUW
The AAUW Venice FL Branch was organized in 1975 with 60 charter members. It has supported all national programs, as well as local efforts for women and girls. It raised money to endow a career development grant in the name of Frances T. Bourne, one of its members, for which the Jacaranda Library was named. She worked tirelessly to get that library built for south county residents. It has staffed, along with the Sarasota Branch, Academic Olympics in Sarasota County for many years and given scholarships to many women whose education was interrupted and were returning to complete their degrees. Its Home Tour fundraiser has raised thousands of dollars for this cause. It has organized a STEM workshop for 5th grade girls and is working with the Jacaranda Library on another STEM project. The AAUW Venice FL Branch  has more than 240 members and is the largest branch in Florida.

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